First of all, it's really hard to get a good picture of coleslaw. Thankfully looking good and tasting good are two different things.
Regardless of looks, I've come to the conclusion that everyone needs a good homemade coleslaw recipe. Before I married, I couldn't have cared any less about coleslaw. I sort of thought it was a garnish. You know like the dry clump of coleslaw that is served next to your main entree in many restaurants? There was no need for a coleslaw recipe then. But, as I've said time and time again, my world expanded when I married my husband. He can't eat a hot dog without coleslaw. Or sloppy joes without coleslaw, or barbecue anything without coleslaw. He can't have a cookout without coleslaw. Period.
So, after we got married, I quickly learned which local grocery store carried the best coleslaw. It has to be chopped to just the right size, have the perfect creaminess, and have just the right amount of tang. We usually just buy a little tub, store made, when we have a cookout. Periodically I've gotten bags of dry cole slaw and mixed my own dressing for it.
Well, this weekend, I ran into a problem. I went to the store and they had a kind of pre-made coleslaw that would never fly around here and they were completely out of bagged slaw mix! We had a cookout planned for that afternoon and I was basically up a creek without a paddle. I looked at the woman at the customer service desk and said, "Okay. I'll just buy a head of cabbage instead." She looked at me like my head was made of cabbage because people around here don't eat coleslaw, never mind make homemade cole slaw.
I brought my head of cabbage home, pulled out the food processor and fixed up this creamy, tangy, deliciousness. You could totally do this without a food processor, just cutting by hand.
Love, love, love. It passed the husband test, so it makes it to the blog!
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 8 baby carrots
- 1 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- black pepper to taste
- Chop cabbage and carrots in food processor and put in a medium bowl
- Add mayo, vinegar, sugar, and black pepper
- Stir, stir, stir
- Refrigerate until ready to serve (preferably at least an hour to let the flavors mix)